ABSTRACT. In this paper I show how to apply intersectionality concepts in the design of empirical research combining quantitative and qualitative methods. I argue that intersectionality concepts can serve as an analytical approach enabling the integration of time and space dimensions, which is key in order to avoid fragmentations or biases from quantitative and qualitative methods. As an example I use my previous research to reformulate a research design for the analysis of the impact of gender and education in the transnational professionalization of IT work. I suggest that the application of intersectionality concepts enriches the practice of mixed research methods as well as the research of gender and work, particularly the transformation of work in digitalizing and globalizing societies. Emphasizing the importance of the research question in methodological decisions, the intersectionality approach can be flexibly adapted to include time and space dimensions, in order to improve gender research in multiple areas of social inquiry.

Keywords: intersectionality; gender research; mixed methods research; research design; work and professionalisation research; transnationalism, processual methods

How to cite: Ruiz Ben, Esther (2018). “Intersectionality in the Practice of Mixed Methods Gender Research,” Journal of Research in Gender Studies 8(1): 73–88.

Received 25 September 2017 • Received in revised form 13 November 2017
Accepted 15 November 2017 • Available online 10 December 2017


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